Explore the well-preserved ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus during a private half-day shore excursion from Kusadasi. After visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll also stop at the site where the Temple of Artemis once stood, and taste locally made fruit wine in the picturesque hillside village of Sirince.
Private shore excursion to Ephesus, Temple of Artemis, and Sirince
See Ephesus highlights such as the Great Theater, Library of Celsus, and Arcadian Way
See where the Temple of Artemis once stood
Sample fruit wines in the hillside village of Sirince
Includes entrance fees, private vehicle and guide, and pickup and drop-off at the cruise ship port in Kusadasi
Your private guide picks you up at the cruise ship port in an air-conditioned minivan. Take in views of the Aegean Sea as you travel to reach Ephesus.
Enter the ruins of the ancient Greek and Roman city via the Magnesia Gate. Stop to view the Great Theater, which is thought to have hosted St. Paul and accommodated about 25,000 people. Your guide also points out important sites including the Fountain of Trajan, the Temple of Hadrian, the Library of Celsus, the Baths of Scholastica, and Arcadian Way, where Mark Antony and Cleopatra once stood.
A short drive brings you to the remains of the Temple of Artemis, once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Hear about the temple's many incarnations over the centuries, and how it once had 127 columns, but today only one restored column marks the site.
Next, wind up the hill to Sirince, a rural Turkish village that is known for its fruit wines. Have time to take a stroll along cobbled lanes and sample some fruit wines at a local winery. Then return to Kusadasi and browse the shops before your guide returns you to the cruise ship.